PIEs, Housing First and community integration

Housing First and PIEs in general needs housing

This issue was one of those touched on frequently in Season One of these lunchtime forums. (See, for example, the exchange between John McGlone and Robin Johnson, in an excerpt from one session.)

But curiously, it did not come up as much in the forum specifically on general needs housing; which also had the fewest attending.  So we will continue the conversation, over Season Two, but in the context of discussions on PIEs and Housing First.

We have now agreed to co-host (with Alex Smith of Housing First England) an additional session in this season's schedule, on 7th July.  Here we will be exploring issues of community involvement and integration, with a particular emphasis on Housing First.


Being 'housed', and being 'at home'

The COVID era has given a huge boost to the case for rapid re-housing; but also it has thrown up issues of loneliness, the importance of a sense of belonging. It has also meant that many general needs housing services need to find ways to work with tenants with complex needs, and with support services and local communities.

We are inviting any services interested to explore together how the PIEs approach can infuse general needs housing, and help develop new community support models, to tackle isolation.

NB: This also throws up issues in the language we use, not just within services, and in dealing with service users, but with other agencies, and in speaking to the general public. This discussion will continue to evolve, in the 'service-user-friendly language' forum  (HERE).


One possible discussion topic

In the UK and elsewhere, we tend to think of 'general needs housing' as 'ordinary' housing as distinct from more specialist-built units. But these lines can blur. In the US, for example, we may find permanent tenancies offered, under the Housing First programme, in 'campus' style housing, wether adapted or specially built for the purpose.

Likewise we don't normally think of a hotel as 'general needs housing'. But in other countries there have been examples of hotels taken over to provide semi-permanent (ie: flexible tenancy) accommodation.

In the UK, as a response to the COVID crisis, we have seen hotels brought into use as temporary accommodation.  So one question is whether this is simply a temporary expedient, or a model with some positive features, to build on?


Further background reading/listening/viewing

PIElink pages

PIEs in 'scattered site' and 'networked housing' : HOME

Clubhouses, cores, and campus models : HERE

Plus the other three PIEs community collaborations in this series are:

  1. Psychologically informed boundary setting : HERE
  2. Top-to-toe PIE embedding : HERE
  3. Finding a service user-friendly language: HERE


Library items: discussions

(Please note: you will need to be registered and logged in, to access items from the members' Library.)

NIMHE on the 'At Home?' study : HERE

Robin Johnson on Public health and social housing: a natural alliance?HERE

Dick on Laban on working with the 'pre-contemplative' stage user:  'Take a chance on me' : HERE

Alex Smith and Ray Middleton on Navigators and 'system change broker's: HERE


Case studies

Leonie Boland on OT in another key - visual methods assisting person-centred home-making : HERE

Jay Levy on A PIE of pathways - the work of REACH : HERE

1011 Lansdowne (Inter-agency eviction avoidance protocol) :  HERE

The Bell Hotel supportive housing project : HERE